Item Grinding (Guide)

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Item Grinding
Academic Book Cartography
Contraband Curiosity Currency
Elder Goods Great Game
Historical Infernal Influence
Legal Luminosity Mysteries
Nostalgia Osteology Rag Trade
Ratness Rubbery Rumour
Sustenance Theological Wild Words
Wines Zee Treasures Conversions

Introduction[edit]

Grinds vs. carousels vs. conversions[edit]

For the purposes of this guide, a grind is a single repeatable action that reliably gives decent quantities of the expected item at little or no cost (besides actions). Grinds tend to generate lower-tier items, like Shards of Glim and Primordial Shrieks. For higher-tier items, you'll likely need to convert or do a carousel.

A carousel is a repeatable multi-action process. This guide includes some carousels, as these can also be considered a type of grind. Carousels involve going through a set series of actions, sometimes more than once, and often require raising a quality to a certain level and then cashing it out. Examples include the Boxful of Intrigue carousel (often used to obtain Mourning Candles), Dramatic Tension carousels War of Assassins and Wilmot's End (for Collections of Curiosities), and the various Arbor grinds. Another type of carousel involves a series of item conversions—notably the Cross conversion carousel for 50p items, which converts 50 of each item to 51 of the next and also raises Making Waves at certain points.

The third major way to obtain significant quantities of an item in Fallen London is to convert other items. This includes up-conversions (e.g., 50 x Drops of Prisoner's Honey to 10 x Romantic Notions) and side-conversions (e.g., 50 x Compromising Documents to 51 x Memories of Light). An expandable table for these can be found below.

Item Conversions
Label Tier 1 (2p) Tier 2 (10p) Tier 3 (50p) ↓ Tier 4 (250p) Tier 5 (12.5E) Tier 6 (62.5E)
Academic Foxfire Candle Stub (1p)
Normal:
20 x Whispered Hint
Rare:
1 x Touching Love Story
Flask of Abominable Salts
Normal:
20 x Cryptic Clue
Rare:
83 x Relic of the Second City
Memory of Distant Shores[1]
Normal:
50 x Cryptic Clue
Rare:
2 x Uncanny Incunabulum
Volume of Collated Research None None
Infernal Soul
Normal:
30 x Nevercold Brass Sliver
Rare:
1 x Bottle of Broken Giant 1844
Amanita Sherry[2]
Normal:
40 x Whispered Hint
Rare:
1 x Blackmail Material
Brilliant Soul
Normal:
1 x Vision of the Surface
Rare:
1 x Legal Document
Muscaria Brandy
Normal:
6 x Zee-Ztory
Rare:
1 x Night-Whisper
Brass Ring None
Mysteries Cryptic Clue
Normal:
3 x Maniac's Prayer
Rare:
15 x Maniac's Prayer
Appalling Secret (15p)[3]
Normal (Journals):
4 x Phosphorescent Scarab
Rare (Journals):
5x Aeolian Scream
Normal (Tales):
20 x Drop of Prisoner's Honey
Rare (Tales):
1 x Blackmail Material
Journal of Infamy
Normal:
100 x Shard of Glim
Rare:
2 x Storm-Threnody

Tale of Terror!![1][4][5]
Normal:
1 x Bottle of Strangling Willow Absinthe
Rare:
2 x Favour in High Places
Extraordinary Implication[1]
Normal:
200 x Nevercold Brass Sliver
Rare:
1 x Nodule of Pulsating Amber
Uncanny Incunabulum None
Influence Stolen Correspondence (5p)
Normal:
6 x Relic of the Fourth City
Rare:
1 x Volume of Collated Research
Intriguing Snippet (20p)
Normal:
40 x Jade Fragment
Rare:
1 x Puzzle-Damask Scrap
Compromising Document[1][5]
Normal:
2 x First City Coin
Rare:
10 x An Identity Uncovered!
Stolen Kiss[1]
Normal:
10 x Surface-Silk Scrap
100 x Bottle of Greyfields 1882
Rare:
Nodule of Pulsating Amber
Favour in High Places None
Luminosity[6] Lump of Lamplighter Beeswax (1p)
Normal:
8 x Proscribed Material
Rare:
1 x London Street Sign
Phosphorescent Scarab[2]
Normal:
4 x Inkling of Identity
Rare:
1 x Favour in High Places
Memory of Light[7]
Normal:
5 x Surface-Silk Scrap
Rare:
2 x Storm-Threnody
Mourning Candle
Normal:
8 x Scrap of Incendiary Gossip
Rare:
1 x Searing Enigma
Patent Scrutinizer None
Cartography Shard of Glim (1p)
Normal:
30 x Whispered Hint
Rare:
1 x An Identity Uncovered!
Map Scrap[2]
Normal:
4 x Maniac's Prayer
Rare:
1 x Antique Mystery
Zee-Ztory[1][4]
Normal:
1 x Mystery of the Elder Continent
Rare:
2 x Brass Ring
Partial Map
Normal:
200 x Shard of Glim
Rare:
1 x Searing Enigma
Puzzling Map Salt Steppe Atlas
Wines Bottle of Greyfields 1882
Normal:
15 x Drop of Prisoner's Honey
Rare:
10 x Map Scrap
Bottle of Morelways 1872
Normal:
20 x Cryptic Clue
Rare:
2 x Extraordinary Implication
Bottle of Strangling Willow Absinthe
Normal:
3 x Intriguing Snippet
Rare:
2 x Uncanny Incunabulum
Bottle of Broken Giant 1844
Normal:
8 x Mystery of the Elder Continent
Rare:
1 x Searing Enigma
Cellar of Wine None
Rag Trade Silk Scrap (1p)
Normal:
30 x Whispered Hint
Rare:
1 x Touching Love Story
Surface-Silk Scrap
Normal:
40 x Piece of Rostygold
Rare:
1 x Blackmail Material
Whisper-Satin Scrap
Normal:
1 x Scrap of Incendiary Gossip
Rare:
1 x Comprehensive Bribe
Thirsty Bombazine Scrap
Normal:
6 x Scrap of Incendiary Gossip
Rare:
2 x Searing Enigma
Puzzle-Damask Scrap None
Wild Words Primordial Shriek
Normal:
40 x Whispered Hint
Rare:
1 x Aeolian Scream
Maniac's Prayer[2]
Normal:
40 x Silk Scrap
Rare:
5 x An Identity Uncovered!
Correspondence Plaque[5]
Normal:
50 x Rat on a String
Rare:
2 x Puzzle-Damask Scrap
Aeolian Scream
Normal:
400 x Shard of Glim
Rare:
1 x Diary of the Dead
Storm-Threnody None
Nostalgia Drop of Prisoner's Honey
Normal:
30 x Moon-Pearl
Rare:
1 x Stolen Kiss
Romantic Notion[1]
Normal:
4 x Surface-Silk Scrap
Rare:
1 x Comprehensive Bribe
Vision of the Surface[1][4]
Normal:
50 x Bottle of Greyfields 1879
Rare:
2 x Uncanny Incunabulum
Touching Love Story[8]
Normal:
300 x Cryptic Clue
Rare:
1 x Bottle of Fourth City Airag: Year of the Tortoise
Bazaar Permit None
Elder Jade Fragment (1p)
Normal:
30 x Lump of Lamplighter Beeswax
Rare:
5 x Memory of Light
Relic of the Third City
Normal:
20 x Cryptic Clue
Rare:
6 x London Street Sign
Mystery of the Elder Continent
Normal:
25 x Cryptic Clue
Rare:
2 x Uncanny Incunabulum
Presbyterate Passphrase
Normal:
250 x Cryptic Clue
Rare:
5 x Blackmail Material
Antique Mystery Primaeval Hint
Rumour Proscribed Material (4p)
Normal:
15 x Bottle of Greyfields 1882
Rare:
1 x Touching Love Story
Inkling of Identity[2]
Normal:
40 x Whispered Hint
Rare:
1 x Favour in High Places
Scrap of Incendiary Gossip[1][4]
Normal:
13 x Proscribed Material
Rare:
2 x Favour in High Places
An Identity Uncovered!
Normal:
400 x Rat on a String
Rare:
1 x Bottle of Fourth City Airag: Year of the Tortoise
Blackmail Material[9] None
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Up-converting to next tier gains Making Waves
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Can be bought on Rat Market for 1 x Rat-Shilling (without markup)
  3. Can be bought on Rat Market for 2 Rat-Shillings (33% markup)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Cross-converting (down on the chart) gains Making Waves
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Can be bought on Rat Market for 7 Rat-Shillings (40% markup)
  6. All conversions also give +1 CP Advancing the Liberation of Night:
  7. Sells for ( 25 x Cryptic Clue instead of Echoes
  8. Can be bought on Rat Market for 50 x Rat-Shillings (100% markup)
  9. Can be bought on Rat Market for 250 x Rat-Shillings (100% markup)
Cartography[1] None Sighting of a Parabolan Landmark[2] None Glass Gazette[3] Vitreous Almanac[4] Oneiromantic Revelation[4]
  1. Parabolan Cartography items cannot be cross-converted.
  2. Can be up-converted directly to Vitreous Almanac as well as Glass Gazette
  3. Cannot be converted
  4. 4.0 4.1 Can be down-converted as well as up-converted

Grindable sources[edit]

The next sections list some of the most accessible and efficient grinds/carousels, and their requirements, for easy reference. Actions that are non-repeatable, or not easily repeatable (e.g., opportunity cards), are not included.

Academic[edit]

Academic items include: Memory of Discordance, Foxfire Candle Stub, Flask of Abominable Salts, Memory of Distant Shores, Incisive Observation, Unprovenanced Artefact, and Volume of Collated Research.

A player-created Guide is available for this content: Academic Grinding (Guide)


Books[edit]

Books include: Revisionist Historical Narrative, Corrective Historical Narrative, Slim Volume of Bazaarine Poetry, Page of Cryptopalaeontological Notes, Page of Prelapsarian Archaeological Notes, Page of Theosophistical Notes and Unusual Love Story.

A player-created Guide is available for this content: Book Grinding (Guide)


Cartography[edit]

Cartography items include: Shard of Glim, Map Scrap, Zee-Ztory, Partial Map, Puzzling Map, Cartographer's Hoard, and Collection of Curiosities.

Furthermore, Parabola-related items include: Sighting of a Parabolan Landmark, Glass Gazette, Vitreous Almanac, Oneiromantic Revelation, Parabolan Parable and Waswood Almanac.

A player-created Guide is available for this content: Cartography Grinding (Guide)


Contraband[edit]

Contraband include: Flawed Diamond, Ostentatious Diamond, London Street Sign, Use of Villains, Comprehensive Bribe, Hillmover, Magnificent Diamond, various filled Mirrorcatch boxes, and Fabulous Diamond.

A player-created Guide is available for this content: Contraband Grinding (Guide)


Curiosity[edit]

Grindable Curiosity items include: Laudanum, Tincture of Vigour, Implacable Detective's Business Card, Venom-Ruby, Sapphire, Horsehead Amulet, Whirring Contraption, and Strong-Backed Labour.

A player-created Guide is available for this content: Curiosity Grinding (Guide)


Currency[edit]

Currencies include: Fistful of Surface Currency, Assortment of Khaganian Coinage, First City Coin, Fourth-City Echo and Justificande Coin. For guidance on grinding Hinterland Scrip, see Hinterland Scrip-Making; for guidance on grinding Echoes, see Money-Making.

A player-created Guide is available for this content: Currency Grinding (Guide)


Elder[edit]

Elder items include: Jade Fragment, Relic of the Third City, Mystery of the Elder Continent, Presbyterate Passphrase, Antique Mystery, Primaeval Hint, and Elemental Secret.

A player-created Guide is available for this content: Elder Grinding (Guide)


Goods[edit]

Goods include: Certifiable Scrap, Nevercold Brass Sliver, Piece of Rostygold, Bessemer Steel Ingot, and Knob of Scintillack.

A player-created Guide is available for this content: Goods Grinding (Guide)


Great Game[edit]

Great Game items include: Well-Placed Pawn, Final Breath, Moves in the Great Game, Vienna Opening, and Vital Intelligence.

A player-created Guide is available for this content: Great Game Grinding (Guide)


Historical[edit]

Historical items include Trace of the First City, Relic of the Second City, Relic of the Fourth City, Rusted Stirrup, and Silvered Cat's Claw.

A player-created Guide is available for this content: Historical Grinding (Guide)


Infernal[edit]

Infernal items include: Soul, Amanita Sherry, Brilliant Soul, Muscaria Brandy, Brass Ring, Devilbone Die, Queer Soul, Silent Soul, Portfolio of Souls, Bright Brass Skull, and Coruscating Soul.

A player-created Guide is available for this content: Infernal Grinding (Guide)


Influence[edit]

Influence items include: Stolen Correspondence, Intriguing Snippet, Compromising Document, Secluded Address, Stolen Kiss, Favour in High Places, and Personal Recommendation.

A player-created Guide is available for this content: Influence Grinding (Guide)


Legal[edit]

Legal items include: Infernal Contract, Dubious Testimony, Sworn Statement, Cave-Aged Code of Honour, and Legal Document.

A player-created Guide is available for this content: Legal Grinding (Guide)


Luminosity[edit]

Luminosity items include: Lump of Lamplighter Beeswax, Phosphorescent Scarab, Memory of Light, Mourning Candle, Patent Scrutinizer, Eyeless Skull, Bejewelled Lens, and Ray-Drenched Cinder.

A player-created Guide is available for this content: Luminosity Grinding (Guide)


Mysteries[edit]

Mysteries items include: Whispered Hint, Cryptic Clue, Appalling Secret, Tale of Terror!!, Journal of Infamy, Extraordinary Implication, Uncanny Incunabulum, Direful Reflection, Searing Enigma, Dreadful Surmise, and Impossible Theorem.

A player-created Guide is available for this content: Mysteries Grinding (Guide)


Nostalgia[edit]

Nostalgia items include: Drop of Prisoner's Honey, Romantic Notion, Vision of the Surface, Touching Love Story, Bazaar Permit, Captivating Ballad and Soothe & Cooper Long-Box.

A player-created Guide is available for this content: Nostalgia Grinding (Guide)


Osteology[edit]

Osteology items include a wide variety of bones.

A player-created Guide is available for this content: Assembling a Skeleton (Guide)/Bone Sources


Rag Trade[edit]

Rag Trade items include: Silk Scrap, Surface-Silk Scrap, Whisper-Satin Scrap, Thirsty Bombazine Scrap, Puzzle-Damask Scrap, Parabola-Linen Scrap, Scrap of Ivory Organza, and Veils-Velvet Scrap.

A player-created Guide is available for this content: Rag Trade Grinding (Guide)


Ratness[edit]

Ratness items include: Rat on a String, Baptised Rattus Faber Corpse, Rat of Glory, and Venge-Rat Corpse.

A player-created Guide is available for this content: Ratness Grinding (Guide)


Rubbery[edit]

Rubbery items include: Nodule of Deep Amber, Unearthly Fossil, Nodule of Trembling Amber, Nodule of Warm Amber, Nodule of Pulsating Amber, Nodule of Fecund Amber, and Fluke-Core.

A player-created Guide is available for this content: Rubbery Grinding (Guide)


Rumour[edit]

Rumour items include: Proscribed Material, Inkling of Identity, Scrap of Incendiary Gossip, An Identity Uncovered!, Night on the Town, Blackmail Material, Diary of the Dead, Intriguer's Compendium, and Rumourmonger's Network.

A player-created Guide is available for this content: Rumour Grinding (Guide)


Sustenance[edit]

Sustenance items include Parabolan Orange-apple, Jasmine Leaves, Basket of Rubbery Pies, Crate of Incorruptible Biscuits, Tin of Zzoup, Hand-picked Peppercaps, and Sausage About Which No One Complains.

A player-created Guide is available for this content: Sustenance Grinding (Guide)


Theological[edit]

Theological items include Verse of Counter-Creed, Palimpsest Scrap, Apostate's Psalm, and False Hagiotoponym.

A player-created Guide is available for this content: Theological Grinding (Guide)


Wild Words[edit]

Wild Words include: Primordial Shriek, Maniac's Prayer, Correspondence Plaque, Aeolian Scream, Storm-Threnody, Night-Whisper, Starstone Demark, and Breath of the Void.

A player-created Guide is available for this content: Wild Words Grinding (Guide)


Wines [edit]

Wines include: Bottle of Greyfields 1879, Bottle of Greyfields 1882, Bottle of Greyfields 1868 First Sporing, Bottle of Morelways 1872, Bottle of Strangling Willow Absinthe, Bottle of Broken Giant 1844, Cellar of Wine, Bottle of Fourth City Airag: Year of the Tortoise, Vial of Tears of the Bazaar, and Vial of Masters' Blood.

A player-created Guide is available for this content: Wines Grinding (Guide)


Zee Treasures[edit]

Zee Treasures include: Moon-Pearl, Deep-zee Catch, Royal-Blue Feather, Ambiguous Eolith, Carved Ball of Stygian Ivory, and Live Specimen.

A player-created Guide is available for this content: Zee Treasures Grinding (Guide)